Figure of the Communist Party, Joëlle Greder reacts as a member of the National Order of Merit to the initiative of the town hall of Montauban to erect a bronze statue of Napoleon on the alley of the Emperor. In a letter addressed to the president of the society of members of the Legion of Honor, she explains why she will not attend the official inauguration this Thursday, November 4.
This Thursday, November 4 at 5 p.m. will take place the official inauguration of the statue of Napoleon, installed by the municipality of Montauban on the alley of the Emperor to remind that it was Bonaparte who created the department of Tarn-et-Garonne. , in a senatus-consultum promulgated on November 4, 1808 thus offering Montauban, where the French emperor had many supporters at that time, the status of prefecture town.
A ceremony that will be shunned by Joëlle Greder. This figure of the French Communist Party sent a letter to the president of the association of members of the Legion of Honor of Tarn-et-Garonne “as a member of the National Order of Merit” to explain to him the reasons for his absence.
This is a very bad message for all these women who fight against sexist discrimination and violence against women. The fact of having created the department of Tarn-et-Garonne cannot erase this terribly retrograde balance sheet.
“Mr. President of the Society of Members of the Legion of Honor 82, I will not be going to the inauguration of the statue of Napoleon on Thursday November 4. Our association aims in particular to transmit the values of the Republic to the younger generations. What messages do we send when we erect a statue to the man who reestablished slavery, to the man who waged imperial wars that caused thousands of deaths, to the man who wrote a very misogynistic Civil Code of which we women are still suffering the consequences?
I think it’s a very bad message when we know the deep wounds that our slavery and colonialist past leaves on young people from immigration or descendants of slaves in the overseas territories. This is a very bad message for all these women who fight against sexist discrimination and violence against women. The fact of having created the department of Tarn-et-Garonne cannot erase this terribly retrograde balance sheet. It is therefore because I have a deep disagreement with this initiative that I will not be taking part in this inauguration. »